The 10-0 vote comes after officials struck a deal with the property owner to move the 1940s-era station to an undermined site along the L.A. River so a residential and commercial development could be built on the site.
Today’s vote was a defeat for local preservationists, who wanted the gas station, now a car repair shop, restored and left in place near other Streamline-modern buildings that line Silver Lake Boulevard. It was also a blow to the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission, which voted in favor of declaring the building a historic cultural monument as “a rare, surviving example of an automobile commercial development from the 1940s.”
But the historic landmark nomination, which was initially proposed by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, also met with opposition from some housing advocates, who said the need to build more residential units outweighed preserving the gas station in place.
Officials left the door open to consider a landmark nomination after the building had been relocated and restored. But it’s not known when that will happen.
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